The Women’s Issue

The Women’s Issue 2016

The Women’s Issue 2016

By | September 28, 2016 at 4:01 pm | No comments

From Publisher Tracy Dietlin: It is with great pride and pleasure that I announce to you in the following pages CV Weekly’s Top 12 Most Interesting & Influential Women of the Coachella Valley for 2016. While there are many deserving women in the valley, with several of...

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GINA CAREY: Singer, Songwriter, Film Producer & Director

GINA CAREY: Singer, Songwriter, Film Producer & Director

By | September 28, 2016 at 4:00 pm | No comments

Charity: Coachella Valley Rescue Mission By Noe Gutierrez Gina Carey wears too many hats to name. The multi-faceted soul singer/songwriter and film producer/director is CEO and owner of Gina Carey Films. Carey tackles subject matter that is sensitive and heart wrenching as...

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Andrea Carter: Mom, Wife, Mentor and Successful Entrepreneur/President of Andrea Carter & Associates

Andrea Carter: Mom, Wife, Mentor and Successful Entrepreneur/President of Andrea Carter & Associates

By | September 28, 2016 at 3:56 pm | No comments

Charity: St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital By Lisa Morgan When you first meet Andrea Carter, it is her earthy, easygoing but straightforward, look-you-in-the-eyes, warm smile and handshake that get your attention. Your first impression after any conversation is,...

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Linda Evans, Mayor, City of La Quinta/ Chief Development Officer at JFK Memorial

Linda Evans, Mayor, City of La Quinta/ Chief Development Officer at JFK Memorial

By | September 28, 2016 at 3:51 pm | No comments

Charity: FIND Food Bank By Heidi Simmons "Children, adults, seniors and pets are in daily need of food in our valley," said Linda Evans, Mayor of La Quinta. "It's the foundation for a healthy life and we all deserve that." Evans is a board member at FIND. The organization...

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Stephanie Greene: A Green Thumb for Growing Businesses and a Great Big Heart/CEO FG Creative, Inc.

Stephanie Greene: A Green Thumb for Growing Businesses and a Great Big Heart/CEO FG Creative, Inc.

By | September 28, 2016 at 3:49 pm | No comments

Charity: Desert Cancer Foundation By Tracy Dietlin There are few people in business in the Coachella Valley who do not know Stephanie Greene, CEO of FG Creative Marketing, either personally or by reputation. Awards line her shelves, as is to be expected from someone with her...

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Dr. Maria Lombardo: DO, FACOS, General Surgeon specializing in Cosmetic Surgery

Dr. Maria Lombardo: DO, FACOS, General Surgeon specializing in Cosmetic Surgery

By | September 28, 2016 at 3:49 pm | No comments

Charity: Living Free Animal Sanctuary By Heidi Simmons "My dad was a surgeon and I wanted to follow in his footsteps, but I never believed I was smart enough nor did I have the confidence to pursue it," said Maria Lombardo, DO. "So instead I went to art school." Lombardo...

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Diana Marlo: A Business Builder with Exceptional Horse Sense/CEO at Marlo Productions/Desert Woman’s Show

Diana Marlo: A Business Builder with Exceptional Horse Sense/CEO at Marlo Productions/Desert Woman’s Show

By | September 28, 2016 at 3:48 pm | No comments

Charity: Loving All Animals By Lisa Morgan Born and raised in Northern Ontario, Diana Marlo made the desert her home 13 years ago. She is a role model and inspiration to many, and has been instrumental in the success of many ventures both corporate and charitable. I was...

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Janet McAfee: Saving Pets and Helping Vets/Animal Rescuer at LAA & Employment Counselor for Disabled Veterans

Janet McAfee: Saving Pets and Helping Vets/Animal Rescuer at LAA & Employment Counselor for Disabled Veterans

By | September 28, 2016 at 3:47 pm | No comments

Charity: Loving All Animals By Morgan James Janet McAfee has had a diverse career, and feels blessed these days to work for causes that are near and dear to her heart. Her full time job with Loving All Animals as director of their Mobile Mutts program, involves rescuing dogs...

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Julie Montante, CEO, PSA Organica

Julie Montante, CEO, PSA Organica

By | September 28, 2016 at 3:47 pm | No comments

Charity: Well of the Desert and Desi's Foundation By Heidi Simmons "We're passionate about helping people," said Julie Montante, Owner of PSA Organica, a medical marijuana dispensary in Palm Springs. "Our collective is community based. It's all about our patients getting the...

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Monica Morones: Singer, Songwriter, Photographer, Artist, Performer, Founder of Visions & Vibez Magazine

Monica Morones: Singer, Songwriter, Photographer, Artist, Performer, Founder of Visions & Vibez Magazine

By | September 28, 2016 at 3:46 pm | No comments

Charity: LGBT Sanctuary of Palm Springs Society: “Pick one thing you are good at and stick with it.” Me: "I am going to do everything that interests me and be great at them all." - Monica Morones By Esther Sanchez A true renaissance woman, Ms. Morones has proven to...

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Bianca Rae: Morning Anchor, Animal Activist and Shining Example to Valley Youth

Bianca Rae: Morning Anchor, Animal Activist and Shining Example to Valley Youth

By | September 28, 2016 at 3:46 pm | No comments

Charity: Bianca Rae Foundation By Lisa Morgan This bright and beautiful face that greets local news watchers in the mornings via KESQ News Channel 3, was not born to our desert, but she has become something of a local treasure. Born in Palos Park, a suburb of Chicago, Rae...

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Sarah Scheideman: Founder & Executive Director The Coachella Valley Art Scene

Sarah Scheideman: Founder & Executive Director The Coachella Valley Art Scene

By | September 28, 2016 at 3:46 pm | No comments

Charity: The Coachella Valley Art Scene By Noe Gutierrez Sarah Scheideman prefers being the wizard behind the curtain. “I don't like being in front of the camera too much.” Her reserved attitude is righteous given the pulpit she has created for artists to flourish as...

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Paula Simonds: Executive Director, Desert Cancer Foundation

Paula Simonds: Executive Director, Desert Cancer Foundation

By | September 28, 2016 at 3:45 pm | No comments

Charity: Desert Cancer Foundation By Heidi Simmons "Our organization was founded in 1994 by the late, oncologist, Doctor Sebastian George, along with Art and Cory Teichner of Indian Ridge Country Club in Palm Desert. It was their vision that nobody go without cancer...

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Jaci Fitzsimonds

Jaci Fitzsimonds

By | November 20, 2013 at 7:22 pm | No comments

By Heidi Simmons Young and hip, Jaci Fitzsimonds, President of Cord Media, is hungry -- and not for a meal. She and her company have a plan and she is eager and excited to see it come to fruition. A resident of the Coachella Valley for ten years, she has been focused on...

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Kate Spates

Kate Spates

By | November 20, 2013 at 7:19 pm | No comments

By Heidi Simmons Very pretty with an easy confidence, Kate Spates, President of Graphtek Interactive, is a self-made, self-actualized woman. She works hard to make a difference in the CV. Her story is impressive as well as inspiring. Spates has been in the Coachella Valley...

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Patti Gribow

Patti Gribow

By | November 20, 2013 at 7:17 pm | No comments

By Heidi Simmons Vivacious and beautiful, Patti Gribow, CEO of Gribow Entertainment, is a force of nature. She is her own brand, unafraid to morph and change with the times, she stays relevant to make a difference. Reinventing herself again, Gribow has a new...

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Charissa Farley

Charissa Farley

By | November 20, 2013 at 7:14 pm | No comments

By Denise Ortuno Neil In a male dominated industry, Charissa Farley has paved her own way with her construction company, Farley Interlocking Paving Stones, making her the leader in Pavers in Southern California. Farley was set in a successful career in construction...

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Caroldean Ross

Caroldean Ross

By | November 20, 2013 at 6:56 pm | No comments

By Haddon Libby Caroldean Ross, owner of Resale Therapy attributes her success in the retail trade to her mother and grandmother. When visiting her grandmother in London, Caroldean would be exposed to fashions that had not yet come stateside. When returning home, she would...

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Stephanie Greene

Stephanie Greene

By | November 20, 2013 at 6:53 pm | No comments

By Heidi Simmons Warm and personable, Stephanie Greene believes in the adage: “Say what you mean and do what you say.” As owner and CEO of FG Creative, Inc., a full-service advertising agency, she has a strong work ethic and a fierce loyalty. “It’s just how I was...

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Lani Garfield

Lani Garfield

By | November 20, 2013 at 6:43 pm | No comments

By Denise Ortuno Neil Lani Garfield has always had an affinity for photography. She has taken her love for the art and turned it into a successful career spanning over a decade in the Coachella Valley. Garfield was born in Hawaii and grew up in Northern California. The...

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Kim Waltrip

Kim Waltrip

By | November 20, 2013 at 6:32 pm | No comments

By Heidi Simmons When you are one-on-one with Kim Waltrip, you have her complete attention. She is friendly and focused. One would never know she is in the process of completing hundreds of details that require her immediate care. As Vice Chair of Kim and Jim Productions, she...

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Heather Coladonato

Heather Coladonato

By | November 20, 2013 at 6:30 pm | No comments

Dancing With The Desert Stars Contestant By Heidi Simmons There is a spring in Heather Coladonato’s step as she moves about the Desert Hot Springs Chamber of Commerce. When we sit down for this interview, Coladonato wants to know about her competitors in the Desert AIDS...

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Jan Harnik

Jan Harnik

By | November 20, 2013 at 6:26 pm | No comments

Dancing With The Desert Stars Contestant By Heidi Simmons As the Mayor of Palm Desert, Jan Harnik has her hands full and her feet busy. Beside her Honorable duties, and her regular presences in board meetings, she will be “Dancing with the Desert Stars” for the Desert...

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Katharine Johnson

Katharine Johnson

By | November 20, 2013 at 6:20 pm | No comments

Dancing With The Desert Stars Contestant By Heidi Simmons Born and raised in Southern California, Katharine Johnson’s parents never dreamed she’d be a firefighter. A tomboy who played soccer, Johnson was on the swim team and loved surfing. It never occurred to her...

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Valerie Powers Smith

Valerie Powers Smith

By | November 20, 2013 at 6:17 pm | No comments

Dancing With The Desert Stars Contestant By Heidi Simmons You notice Valerie Powers Smith when she walks into a room. She is 5’8” and she wears heels. She is blonde with a wide smile and a cheerfulness that makes her open and approachable. Powers radiates...

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Karen Devine

Karen Devine

By | November 20, 2013 at 6:06 pm | No comments

Devine career inspiration came from a college advisor. By Judith Salkin There are a couple of if/then statements (computer nerds understand this) that have shaped Karen Devine’s career. If she hadn’t been a member of the San Jose Cinders team, then she wouldn’t have...

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DJ Angelique

DJ Angelique

By | November 20, 2013 at 5:53 pm | No comments

By Craig Michaels As a young child, DJ Angelique wanted to be a writer. She envisioned herself writing novels and screen plays but would eventually start writing rap songs. While still in her teens, she picked up the guitar and would begin to rap music before it was even...

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Jay’e Jones

Jay’e Jones

By | November 20, 2013 at 5:39 pm | No comments

By Phil Lacombe Name: Jay’e Jones Where you tat: Strata Tattoo Lab, owner & tattoo artist Why you started tattooing: Tattooing sort of discovered me by accident. At the ripe old age of 16, I had graduated high school and began attending college. I majored in...

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DeAnn Lubell

DeAnn Lubell

By | November 20, 2013 at 5:33 pm | No comments

By Heidi Simmons First thing you notice about DeAnn Lubell is her calm, relaxed demeanor. A Public Relations Consultant and independent writer, Lubell has been a presence here in the Coachella Valley since 1991. She has written for popular publications, represents some of the...

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Janet Newcomb

Janet Newcomb

By | November 20, 2013 at 5:28 pm | No comments

By Heidi Simmons Soft spoken and filled with wisdom, Janet Newcomb of Newcomb Media is a woman of simplicity and elegance. She has carved out a niche in her marketing and public relations business, spending the majority of her time writing about food and representing the...

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Mindy Reed

Mindy Reed

By | November 20, 2013 at 5:24 pm | No comments

By Judith Salkin Owning and running one successful restaurant is more than enough for most people. For Mindy Reed, stopping at one wasn’t an option. She is the sole owner of two popular Palm Springs eateries, less than a block apart – Zin American Bistro and Alicante...

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Joy Brown Meredith

Joy Brown Meredith

By | November 20, 2013 at 5:17 pm | No comments

By Patte Purcell I first met Joy Brown Meredith at Crystal Fantasy in Palm Springs, a place I frequent on a weekly basis. I enjoy the store as I've been into metaphysics for years and they have the nicest inspired gift selection I've ever run across plus some very talented...

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Jacqueline Leon-Babington

Jacqueline Leon-Babington

By | November 20, 2013 at 5:12 pm | No comments

By Raymond Bill This is the story of a woman, mother, entrepreneur and friend- a woman with a remarkable presence in our valley who is known and loved by many. Jacqueline Leon-Babington is best known as proprietor of Neil’s Lounge in Indio but there is much more to her...

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Jeannette Krehbiel

Jeannette Krehbiel

By | November 20, 2013 at 5:09 pm | No comments

By Scott Pam Many people have goals and plans. Some take action to make them reality. After celebrating the two year anniversary as the owner of Plan B, Jeannette Krehbiel is realizing her dream of having a class act venue for the music scene. Plan B, located in Thousand...

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Carrie Lennon-Wilson

Carrie Lennon-Wilson

By | November 20, 2013 at 5:04 pm | No comments

By Lola Rossi-Meza Originally from Westchester, California, right near the Los Angeles Airport, Carrie Lennon-Wilson grew up in a somewhat musical family, being cousin to the famous Lennon Sisters. “I took Dance Production and was more of a dancer than a singer in High...

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